Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Welsh Congregational Church (partly Demolished), St James, Bristol
Welsh Congregational Church (partly Demolished),
The Haymarket (formerly St James's Parade),
St James, Bristol, Gloucestershire.


We believe the Church did NOT have a graveyard.

Note: any church within an urban environment may have had its graveyard closed after the Burial Act of 1853. Any new church built after that is unlikely to have had a graveyard at all.

Church History

This Place of Worship was founded in 1859, but we understand it was closed in 1940.

"The Presbyterian Church, St James's-parade, is a handsome building, in the early Decorated style of Gothic architecture. It was erected in 1858 from the designs of Joseph Neale, Esq., architect, of Bristol, at a cost of about £6000." [Extract from Webster & Co.'s Postal and Commercial Directory of the City of Bristol, and County of Glamorgan, 1865]

It was built next to St James's Priory Church, and according to the Bristol Town Plan of 1885 on land which was once the site of St James's Medieval Priory. John Latimer commemorates the occasion in The Annals of Bristol in the Nineteenth Century (1887) - "a chapel was built this year [1859] in St. James's Parade by the Scotch Presbyterians of the city, who had not previously possessed a special place of worship. It was opened on the 7th September, 1859, by the Rev. Dr. Macfarlane, of Glasgow. The cost of the building, including the site, was upwards of £5,300".

Sadly, it was destroyed during WWII bombing. The congregation worshipped for a time in a schoolroom belonging to Broadmead Chapel, but from May 1943 joined Trinity Presbyterian, and then a new St James's Presbyterian in Romney Avenue, Lockleaze, which according to a notice in The London Gazette of 23rd June 1953 (p.3483) was registered for marriages "in place of Presbyterian Church, St. James Parade, now disused".

That was not, however the end of the story for St James. According to an account by Phil Draper, on his ChurchCrawler website, a new Welsh congregational church was designed by Bristol architect Eustace Button, to incorporate the tower and interior narthex, plus the halls of the original church. "The tower was the subject of much debate by Congregationalists in Wales who were reluctant to spend money on its repair as it was not situated in Wales itself". Bowing to the inevitable, however, it too was forced to close, and the halls from the old building, and new chapel were demolished. Happily however the tower has survived, and is incorporated into a new office block and restaurant. More information, and photographs, are available on the About Bristol website.


Now or formerly Presbyterian/Congregational.

If more than one congregation has worshipped here, or its congregation has united with others, in most cases this will record its original dedication.


This Church was located at OS grid reference ST5895773470. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:


I have found many websites of use whilst compiling the information for this database. Here are some which deserve mention as being of special interest for St James, Bristol, and perhaps to Local History and Places of Worship as a whole.

The above links were selected and reviewed at the time I prepared the information, but please be aware their content may vary, or disappear entirely. These factors are outside my control.

Information last updated on 13 Jun 2013 at 12:52.

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This Report was created 13 Aug 2022 - 10:23:17 BST from information held in the Gloucestershire section of the Places of Worship Database. This was last updated on 13 Oct 2021 at 14:13.

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